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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Random House Audio’s recording of Fifty Shades of Grey has been remastered in a new edition. If you've already purchased the audiobook, you can re-download the file from My Library to get the new audio.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

What Members Say

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    Kindle Customer 08-20-12
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    "Meh"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The performance isn't really up to par with others I have listened to. And I mean no disrespect to the reader, but she sounds a little too much like the Valley Girls of the 80's. She got pretty annoying. As for the story...I think it was a bit too mild and too much of a romance. I still haven't talked myself into buying the next book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    I will more than likely try the next "Grey" book in the series, but if it is too much like the first one...I doubt I will waste my time with the third.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Too much like a Valley Girl and didn't really come across as intelligent as I think Anna was supposed to be portrayed.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Prolly not!


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    Sharon United States 08-20-12
    Sharon United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What a waste!"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I couldn't get passed the first 3 hrs. The characters were irritating to say the least. People kept telling me to keep listening, but if a book doesn't grab my attention in the first 3 hrs., I doubt any more time would make a difference. Poor writing, don't think there's anything the narrator could have done to change my mind.


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    Christian Friedrich Norwalk, ct 08-20-12
    Christian Friedrich Norwalk, ct 08-20-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "meh,"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not sure what's all the excitement about. Sounds like a good story if a high schooler wrote it. Formulaic descriptive sentences.
    Ok so only got through part 1 of 3 maybe it picks up, but doubtful. I got it since EVERY female under 50 I know said I MUST read it. I figured my Name is christian, would be silly if I didn't know what everyone is talking about.

    So pick it up if you need to know what the fuss is all about, but I'm pretty sure you can find better.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    its just ehh.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess, maybe a duo would of worked better. The "male" Gray's voice made me laugh every time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    well depends who's playing the parts.


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    Sima Uyar Istanbul, Turkey 08-20-12
    Sima Uyar Istanbul, Turkey 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fifty shades of gray"

    As far as books of this genre go, the erotic scenes were embedded in the whole story and were done well.

    However, in gereneral, the writing quality of the book is quite poor. There are too many unnecessary repetitions that irritate the reader. Also the whole book is like a TV show where you have product placements on the scene. Some parts really sound annoyingly like advertisement.

    The narrator was just OK, but she wasn't very successful with the different voices, especially the male ones. I usually was not able to understand who was speaking.

    On the whole, I think it is a very sad story. All throughout the book, my dominant feeling was of sadness.

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    Bob United States 08-20-12
    Bob United States 08-20-12
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    "Bold and Raw"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    did not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anastasia. It was interesting to hear her female perspective when she was thinking out loud.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boat house


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


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    Amazon Customer 08-20-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "What a waste of money"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Never!


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    I felt like I was listening to book poorly writen by a 15yr old.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    It was very mediocre.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The Author


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    James CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, United States 08-19-12
    James CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA, United States 08-19-12
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    "Tittilating but badly written and badly read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Its romance plus a very sexist version of BD and SM


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Doing a bad version of the male voice


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The content was sexist but fine if that is what you are into but the overall writing was poor.


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    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 08-18-12
    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....

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    "What is all the Hullaballoo about!?"

    There is plenty of Erotica out there that is NOT full of cliches that actually has a story and the characters are likable! I tried to finish the series but just could not listen to one more sentence with "MINE, all mine" or "Oh my!" or "I love him so much" and last but not least his poor, poor "Itchy Palm"
    I'm not offended by the sex, in fact one of my all time favorite series is "Kushiels Dart" and many found it offensive. However, there was at least a point to it and in the context of the story it made sense... but this was just poorly written with unlikable characters and no story line....
    These days there is so much Erotica out there it makes no sense to me why this has gained so much attention... If it's just the erotica, then check out some of Laurell K. Hamiltons books, or Lora Leigh, Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Megan Hart and even Anne Rice.
    In regards to the narrator she did a fine job given what she had to work with, my one drawback to her was that she didn't sound a day over 15 and that was just a bit too, too much....

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    Chelsey 08-17-12
    Chelsey 08-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This should be a sex shop best seller..."
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I bought this book bc it was on the best seller list and someone told me it was really good. I was curious as to what the fuss was all about. Now, I know... haha.

    Here's a piece of advice: Just because its on best seller lists, don't go around telling your co-workers or people at your church that this is a good book!!! They will read it and think you are a freak.

    Ok, why I didn't care for the audiobook/book:

    - First, the narrator, Becca Batoe, makes Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel sound like school kids who popped right of Valley High... It was distracting and conflicted with the characters roles. They are supposed to be intelligent successful people... A "Like Totall-ay OMG" voice just doesn't reflect that image...

    - Second, sex scenes in books just don't interest me... That's all this book has in it... I felt like after I skipped over all the sex stuff, there really wasn't a lot of substance to the story... My guess is the sex is the substance! "Like OMG, My Bad!". hehe.

    Why I gave it 2 stars:

    - For the Story Idea: The "Idea" of the rich troubled CEO, Christian Grey, meeting the beautiful intelligent college grad, Anastasia Steel, in a chance encounter; is hot. The "Idea" has a lot of potential for a good romance.

    As it stands now, the story stinks.




    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    eh...probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She just wasn't the right person for the part.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    - Not really...

    - It's obviously directed toward a certain type of people. They probably think this story is great the way it is.

    - The "Idea" of the rich troubled CEO, Christian Grey, meeting the beautiful intelligent college grad, Anastasia Steel, in a chance encounter; has potential for a good romance. In order for it to have any redeeming qualities, I think the whole story would have to be re-written from scratch.



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    Christopher A. Stewart saint paul, mn United States 08-17-12
    Christopher A. Stewart saint paul, mn United States 08-17-12

    Christopher

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    "A story that goes nowhere"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    This story would have been better had there been more lively, interesting characters. There is too much time hearing the voice of a vapid, inexperienced, somewhat ditzy young woman who is the toy of an empty, sullen, perverted old man.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author could have considered giving more insight into other aspects of the character's lives rather than focusing solely on their abusive relationship.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Listening to this narrator is clear the worst part of the experience. It is like hearing a thin voice bar girl squeak out the dumbest boyfriend story ever. Hearing her channel the voice of male characters is particularly grating and makes those characters sound like Saturday Night Live cartoons.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I spent most of the time listening with a great deal of irritation, mostly because the main character is so dumb.


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